A simple hang out with friends, hmm the idea of pizza and burger sounds good. Period cravings, doughnuts, cookies, or ice creams sound like a good idea to combat this PMS. A bottle of soda on lunch break seems to be a reward after almost half a day of work. That just primarily sums up how we can’t get enough sugar in our day to day to lives. We bet everyone is guilty. At some point in our lives, we have to admit that we pretty much love to indulge ourselves in especially when we are way being preoccupied with the things that are stressing us out. For quite some time, this has been a go-to food for many of us especially when we are dealing with stressful events.
Little do you know that eating a lot of sugar can have a direct impact on your skin. To achieve healthy supple-looking skin, lots of things have to be considered. According to Dr. Saya Obayan, board-certified dermatologist, sugar is an inflammatory food, when you intake food with a high-glycemic index, it goes directly to your gut, gets processed then enters your bloodstream thus resulting in inflammation. Foods with high-glycemic-index are carbohydrates that are broken down quickly by your body and can cause a rapid increase in blood glucose, bet you love to indulge yourself in any of these, white bread, soda, salad dressings, candy, and any other baked goods that contain refined and processed sugars. Uh-oh! Not only does your skin suffers when you intake plenty of sugars, but your overall health being is also at risk if the consumption is not in moderation. Having said all these, let us know more about the not-so-sweet truths that sugar actually does for our skin.
Sugar can prematurely age your skin
Collagen plays a great role in keeping the skin aging at bay. It acts as our skin’s supportive protein structure. Your excessive sugar intake can accelerate the depletion of collagen production thus resulting in visible signs of skin aging. According to Dr. Patricia Farris, sugar damages the skin through the process of glycation which primarily involves cross-linking collagen and elastin, the process then makes the molecules lose their important properties, which produces chemical reactions in the skin that makes its surface stiffer resulting in more wrinkled skin.
Sugar and your skin inflammation
Sugar as mentioned earlier is an inflammatory food, excessive consumption thus may result in skin inflammation. According to a board-certified dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, sugar intake causes insulin levels to rise, which subsequently increases the inflammation in the skin thus resulting in an increased amount of acne on your face. This may not sound new to you then, right? Pretty sure that this information has been passed on to you but what seems to be stopping you from indulging yourself with too many sweets?
In combating skin irritation caused by excessive intake of sweets, supplement your diet with anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, turmeric, green tea, and blueberries.
Sugar can aggravate the skin condition
Too much sugar can as well aggravate your pre-existing skin condition such as rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. Your skin is the largest organ in your body makes it one of the affected organs when you overindulge yourself with sugar. It may struggle to deal with all the toxins that your body is trying to get rid of, and the result? Breakouts, redness, and episodes of eczema. Having said all this, if you are that someone who has any kind of inflammatory issues, it is highly advisable to avoid excessive sugar intake.
Sugar is the main culprit for that acne breakouts
This primarily implies that the information that we’ve known for so long is not a myth but a fact. That breakout on your skin after having such a good time indulging yourself with sweets is actually the result of that spike of blood glucose that increases your insulin production. How does this affect your skin then? Insulin has been thought to be the most important hormone when it comes to acne, however, if your body overproduced insulin, it may then have a knock-on effect on your production of sebum oil. Excess sebum in a follicle can cause a hardened plug to form, which can lead to the formation of acne. Uh-oh! Still not convinced though? A 2018 Study published by the Journal of Pediatrics explores the correlation between the consumption of soft drinks and acne. The result indeed shows that those who consumed this beverage daily are more susceptible to severe-to-moderate acne as compare to those who drank no sugary drinks.
There is no denying that many of us love to eat sugar, it has been one of our go-to comfort food from everything we eat and drink. However, there should always be a limitation to what we eat. Everything that is taken in excess does not bring any good not just to our skin but to our entire well-being.
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